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Smithwick's Pale Ale - Guinness Ltd.

Smithwick's Pale AleSmithwick's Pale Ale

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.92%

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Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Eramen on 10-14-2011)
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Photo of Kmajury


1.55/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I am not a beer expert. I just like to drink beer. This beer taste like old lady perfume. It is horrible. I bought an 8 pack of imported beers. I drank a partial can of this and threw out the rest. I only opened the second can so I could rate it. Nasty stuff.

Serving type: can

08-15-2013 23:43:52 | More by Kmajury
Photo of vette2006c5r


2.45/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smithwicks Pale Ale pours a straw like golden color, with a nice long lasting head. There is a very pale skunk aroma. The taste is very light, pale malty flavors, skunk notes, and very "chemically." Not very good flavors, and light (lucky). Overall it looks nice, but tastes like a adjunct. There is worse out there.

Serving type: can

03-16-2014 01:34:09 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

500ml from Asda:
Golden with a bubbly, one centimetre tall head on top that has okay retention.

Grainy with a lot of lager hops and some lighter, grassy ones. There is some sweet malts too and various adjuncts with a sweet, almost honey like aroma following this.

Corn, some light hops and sweet lager malts with some corn and a hint of honey. This was a fairly bland and basic tasting beer & certainly not a craft one.

Very tangy with a lot of carbonation and a light body. There is a definite lager feel to the beer and it is fairly bland.

This one tastes cheap and standard and certainly isn't worth picking up, other than malts and a slight hint of honey it had nothing to offer so give it a miss.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 14:28:56 | More by flyingpig
Photo of JimKal

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this in a mixed eight pack of cans - Guinness Black Lager and Irish Stout, Smithwick Irish Red and Pale Ale.

A: Pours and orange/gold with a one finger head into a tulip. The head dissipates quickly and leave little to no lacing behind.

S: Slight hint of hops.

T: This one has a sort of odd taste to me.

M: Very light body.

O: This won't be a repeat purchase for me. There are just too many Pale Ales that I like more than this one.

Serving type: can

10-19-2013 13:53:27 | More by JimKal
Photo of Cavanaghty


2.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale amber color with a thin white head. No lacing.

Smell: Mild hops and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of bitter hops and it has a strong metallic after taste, most likely from being in a can I assume.

Overall: It was ok, nothing special. I probably would not waste my money on this one again.

Serving type: can

12-04-2013 20:01:40 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of kojevergas


3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

4.5% ABV. "Premium European style beer, craft brewed with pale ale malt and aromatic hops." Reviewed as a European pale ale. 500ml aluminum can with uninteresting label acquired as part of a Guinness variety box and served into a conical Pinthouse Pizza pint glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Good frothiness.

Body colour is a transparent translucent pale copper of average vibrance. Excellent clarity. Clean; floating yeast particles or sediment is visible. Inconsistent spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is nice - about 4 minutes.

Overall, it's a generally appealing appearance for a beer in this style, but it's far from unique or special. There are no overt flaws here.

Sm: My broken nose picks up nothing aside from some faint floral hop character and buttery malts. All apologies, lads. A very subdued aroma.

T/Mf: Has a fantastically creamy mouthfeel. It's also slightly buttery, which works well for this flavour profile. Mild floral hop character, buttery pale malts, a kiss of bread, and some faint caramel. I also pick up some corn adjunct mixed with some graininess.

Depth of flavour is quite low; this is a shallow beer. Below average duration and intensity of flavour. It's nicely balanced though, and has some nice flavour. Quite a cohesive build. Lacks intricacy, nuance, complexity, and subtlety, but I do like it for what it is. Just a simple sessionable pale ale with some nice flavours.

Light in body. There's not much weight on the palate, which keeps it refreshing. Smooth and wet. Good approachable presence on the palate.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. A sessionable pale ale from Guinness. It's far from their finest offering, but it's an easy drinking brew and I find it refreshing. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or go out of my way to buy it again, but it's a nice addition to the Guinness variety box.


Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 05:55:41 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Rhf9120

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Overall wasn't too bad the beer smelled of honey and citrus and in my opinion was better than the taste. The taste seemed very watered down to me however the flavors of citrus and honey still came through. Maybe this was just the can I had but I don't think that I would buy it again. That being said if it was given to me then I would definitely drink it again however I would like to try it from a bottle next time.

Serving type: can

01-28-2014 13:22:00 | More by Rhf9120
Photo of Eramen


3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden in colour with an ample head that retains very well through the drinking period. Moderate lacing on the glass. I can tell this is a medium-high carbonation by the bubbles rolling to the top of the beer.

S - Grains, candy, red lemonade, soda, sweetbreads on the nose. It's all sweet pleasantness here.

T - Tastes very much as the flavours I got on the nose, add the sweet malts, a weakly bitterness, and a somewhat 'off' gassy after-taste. Still its not half-bad at all and holds up well.

MF - Thin-medium body with medium high carbonation.

O - Fairly good beer, a nice new brew in the Guinness/Smithwick's line giving a little more depth to their selection. I actually much prefer this to Smithwick's red.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 19:58:16 | More by Eramen
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice golden amber color with a two finger pure white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a rather sweet caramel smell mixed with a moderately strong corn aroma and some aromas of a grainy nature. Other than these aromas, are some smells of more tea like nature as well as a bit of earth and grass.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather sweet caramel flavor as well as some flavors of a light grainy bread taste. As the taste moves on some flavors of tea and honey come to the tongue as well as a little bit of a more grassy taste. In the end, a little bit floral and some earthy hop flavors come to the tongue, leaving a rather easy going sweet and lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Both are rather appropriate for the sweet, tea, and lightly hopped flavors of the brew and make for an easy drinker.

Overall - A little on the lighter hop and sweeter side for a pale ale, but easy drinking none the less. A decent drinker.

Serving type: can

11-17-2013 02:13:34 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of tone77


3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 14.9 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is malts, grains, refreshing, very light hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a little light for the style, but nonetheless a refreshing beer on a hot summer day.

Serving type: can

08-10-2013 05:44:04 | More by tone77
Photo of TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale golden straw.
Smell: Honey, floral, biscuit, citrus.
Taste: Same as smell.

It's not bad. The smell and taste are remarkably identical. The smell is actually very inviting. The citrus, honey, and biscuit are great draws. I wouldn't get this again unless it came in a sampler pack, bit wouldn't complain about drinking another either.

Serving type: can

01-27-2014 05:47:00 | More by TeamMathis
Photo of jwc215


3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed amber with a decent head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of grain/malt with a touch of honey and a slight whiff of floral notes.

The taste is sweet grain and touch of honey with balancing floral dryness in the finish.

Pretty smooth - easy enough to drink.

Nothing special, but a pretty good, "sessionable" English Pale Ale. Not bad!

Serving type: can

10-05-2013 16:55:45 | More by jwc215
Photo of Huffs

New York

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass, nice head developed, off white in color, which lasted and had nice lacing. Aroma was a mild grainy and citrus. Appearance was a golden color, almost loke a lager. Tasted of grain and grass with a hoppy hint and some citrus notes. Nice, creamy mouthfeel with a dry aftertaste.

Serving type: can

10-05-2013 22:12:55 | More by Huffs
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from Bert's
Pours a slightly hazy medium gold color with a decent off white head that persists for quite a while. Aromas of bready caramel and toffee with hints of light floral hops. The flavor is light sweet sugar with hints of caramel and toffee and bits of light fruit and earthy hop. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Not a bad pale ale, probably not something I would pick up often, but something I might buy for my relatives.

Serving type: can

09-22-2013 02:04:40 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of KidKrafty

New York

3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can served in a pint glass.

L - clear and yellow with a white head that thinned out after a while.

S - sweet and a bit grainy with a mild floral hop aroma.

T - starts out somewhat sweet before a good shot of bitterness brings it to the finish line.

F - medium bodied with a crisp and refreshing feel.

O - I'd drink this beer again, and again.

Serving type: can

07-15-2013 02:13:05 | More by KidKrafty
Photo of nicholas2121


3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smithwick's Pale Ale from Guinness pours out a light amber color. This Brew has a nice white head that sticks around. The smell is ok ,nothing bad at all. There is a lot flavor to this brew, but nothing bad at all. The beer itself goes down smooth. It is also really refreshing and enjoyable to drink. This brew reminds me of an American style brew. I will be buying this brew again.

Serving type: can

03-05-2014 05:05:14 | More by nicholas2121
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.81/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appears a pale copper hue let's all kind of light through with a nice off white head flowing thick, the low alcohol and high aromatic hop offering adds to the allure for me, especially when it looks awesome and the lace is layered beautifully. Aroma has a clean green earthiness mild citrus notes with notes of freshly baked bread nothing revolutionary!!! I like it though a clean mild bitterness earthy dirty hops clean malts mild balanced finish, not overt sweetness just a clean drinking pale ale from across the pond. As I continue to smell this beer the citric hops play a bigger role than before especially as it warms a bit. Mouthfeel is clean bitter finish, medium to mild bodied with tame even carbonation I like this beer we need more IPAs with this sessionablility mind set. A different type of beer than I'm used to but regardless I'm happy to drink this beer especially in cans protected from the light and what not.

Serving type: can

10-13-2013 16:55:35 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 14.9 fl. oz can L3115GE001-07:55. Sampled on September 11, 2013 on a 92 degree humid day.

It pours pale yellow to golden with a quick lasting white fizzy head. Good clarity and low carbonation.

The aroma is a variety of caramel malts, mild earthy hops, grass, and butter.

The body is light, creamy and refreshing.

The taste had a slight graininess up front but then it was replaced by the malty character I picked up on the nose. Then there was this mild bitterness and clean hope finale. It had some pilsener qualities to it. I thought it was decent.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 20:52:06 | More by puboflyons
Photo of IronLover


3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Tarnished yellow in color with a slightly hazy, viscous appearance. Poured with a thick, fizzy white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Earthy, bready malt aroma followed by light herbal and slightly spicy hop notes. This needed to warm up considerably to allow the aromas show. Medium bodied, creamy smooth feel down the middle with tangy hop bitterness around the edges. Bready malt flavor up front followed by herbal hops and a spicy hop bite through the middle. Buttery bready malt, herbal hop and lemon zest notes at the end. Finished crisp and incredibly dry. Possibly the driest beer I've ever tried. 

Serving type: can

03-24-2014 23:15:41 | More by IronLover
Photo of billybobbuckley


3.99/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To compare this Pale ale to other pale ales is kinda secondary to how it tastes. Coming from Ireland if you drink ale, you drink Smickwicks. One of the reasons I got into brewing was to try to create a beer that tasted like Smithwicks. I have traveled widely over the years and have found that the ruby red ale that has all those roasted, fruity notes and just the right amount of effervescence is not a common beer, and the reason for this is the yeast. I live about 10 miles from the brewery but their secret is beyond grasp. (Much to my frustratation!) On the by & by if drinking Smithwicks Ale draught, ask for a Guiness head....Creamy...mmmmh!

Smithwick's Pale ale has an almost larger-ist look to it when poured, Its clear, light in colour compared to a lot of other English type pale ales I have tried, and has a fine head that settles but keeps good lacing on the sides.

The aroma is fresh! citrus and very hoppy. Smells like good beer on a summer day. (Roll on the amarillo hops!)

The taste does not disappoint, so long as you like the aroma because the taste remarkably similar. The after taste, is like a concentrated dose of what you've been smelling but still has that underlying smithwick's taste.(probably something to do with Diacetyl.)

I enjoyed this beer and have found it to be a good summer day beer, and a good way to get Larger drinkers to try ale and enjoy it. .To me it tastes clean,crisp and refreshing, a good beer that taste like more!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 02:04:38 | More by billybobbuckley
Photo of woodychandler


4.11/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The terrific tone77, my local, in-person trader came by with a box o' beer that included a buncha Diagio-Guinness CANs in support/furtherance of The CANQuest (TM). He often credits me for what I prvide to him in trade, but he has a great eye for CANs. I had seen these advertised, but he was the one who scored them. CANs make me giddy.

From the CAN: "Imported"; "Premium European style beer, craft brewed with pale ale malt and aromatic hops"; [undersigned] Jon Smithwick 1710"; "Brewed in Ireland".

At last, a commercial beer that proved to be brimful on the Crack! It is like a Baker's Dozen. I went with an inverted Glug and the resulting pseudo-cascade was beautiful, ending in two-plus fingers of bone-white head that fell faster than an anvil off of a cliff and onto Wile E. Coyote's head. 8=( Color was a deep golden- yellow (SRM = 5) with NE-quality clarity and there was a fistfight in my kitchen between Croesus, Mammon and King Midas, all hoping for a sip. Meanwhile, loads of CO2 bubbles were in evidence, leading to a big, but not creamy, mouthfeel. I know that wew are not supposed to pan other reviewers, but the person who said that this was a potential drainpour was off-base, IMHO. It was sweeter than an APA, but stylistically, it was nice. The nose was very earthy, like they had used fresh, wet hops with a light, buttery maltiness. The taste was very different, to my hophead palate. It was much more muted, in terms of its hoppiness, than an APA, but at the same time, it had a great earthy quality that intermingled well with the malt sweetness, not neccesarily daicetyl, but with a light butteriness. Once more, given its relatively low ABV, I would have this in my cooler when headed to the beach.

Serving type: can

09-08-2013 18:14:09 | More by woodychandler
Photo of airman85b


4.88/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer while on vacation in Ireland. My previous favorite beer was Viking and Tuoborg both Great Beers. This beer had a some what fruity taste. It was like I wasn't drinking beer at all. The prefect beer in my book. I highly recommend this beer for everyone.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 22:41:52 | More by airman85b
Smithwick's Pale Ale from Guinness Ltd.
77 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.